Monday, March 16, 2009

We've been here before

Carter's voyage into solids has been put on hold and as of Sunday, he's been back to exclusively breast feeding again. He had a reaction to some food. A big one. And thus begins our battle with food allergies. Again.

On Friday I noticed that after eating banana, Carter had a raised diaper rash. That's a clear sign that it's not sitting well with him. I decided that we were going to stop and move on to the next food a few days later. On Saturday while I was at the writing group meeting, Bill tried to feed Carter a bottle (I got some lactose-free formula just in case I was going to be gone longer than expected). Carter wasn't digging the formula and wouldn't eat from the bottle at all. It wasn't that big of a deal because I was home 20 minutes later. Bill put the formula in the fridge so it didn't go to waste.

Later that night I decided to use the milk to mix his cereal. He wouldn't eat it at all. After only a few bites, he had a massive diaper explosion (I decided to throw out the outfit rather than wash it, it was that bad) and soon after that, he began to break out in hives on his lip, back and feet and his elbows broke out in a red patchy rash (eczema). I gave him a bath to get cleaned up and kept him in his diaper while I waited for his hives to come down before tucking him into bed. He was OK after an hour and woke up fine the next morning.

So, here we go again. It figures too. I give Carter 3 different foods and he's allergic to 2 out of the 3. I have no idea what I'm going to do about feeding him solids right now; if we should go in for allergy testing first or what. He has his sixth month check-up on Thursday, so I'll consult with our Doctor and go from there.


Kelly said...

I don't have any advice for you, but I want you to know that I feel for you! Parenting is full of ups and downs and the unexplained as well as the unexpected. I am so lucky I didn't have to deal with food allergies, though I know all about exploding diapers.

Jaime said...

Ugg. I nursed Annabel for 14 months (exclusive) because of food allergies. I feel your pain.